Simon Moya-Smith, Culture Editor, says hope is a great thing. Prayer, too. But action will be required against Donald Trump’s racism and bigotry.

Moya-Smith: Small Hands On Deck. Donald Will Be ‘The Donald’ As POTUS

Simon Moya-Smith

Hope is a beautiful thing – but this is no time for idle hope.

This is no time for simply hoping Donald Trump will suddenly become moderate and responsible and sober and less vicious when he slithers onto the American throne this winter.

Don’t be fooled, folks. Trump doesn’t only believe he WON on Tuesday, bullwhipping the Democratic party and Hillary Clinton into whimpering hippies, he also believes he BOUGHT the presidency. He dumped millions of his own thuggish cash into his sleazy campaign. Eo ipso, he doesn’t’ see this as just a win, but a turn on investment. Indeed. Because when you’re that rich and that orange and that privileged, nothing is off the menu.

The biggest mistake any of us can make going forward into the bleak unknown would be to think ‘the Donald’ won’t be the racist, fleecing shill and sham he was all along the campaign trail. He’s a snake. And snakes bite, and this fanged fucker has venom, jack. Watch your ankles. You heard it here.

I was at Denver International Airport a few hours after news broke that Trump will don the crown. The place had all the feeling of a baseball game that just let out, the hour when drunken sports fanatics pour onto streets, stumbling, pissing on their tires. Fans of the  Trump tailgate were completely jubilant throughout, all of them wiggy, high-fiving and grab-assing. Fans of the losing team, however, shuffled quietly, solemnly, staying close by to one another or at least out of the way. A tear here and there. “Better luck next time, kid. It wasn’t in the cards. Your pitcher just didn’t have the arm.”

I had just ordered an omelet at Elway’s – a swank place with good-not-great fare – when I heard these three fat white men sitting at the bar to my right revel in Trump’s plan to “build the wall.”

“The wall’s not racist,” one said. “It’s about protecting your borders.”

“We should’ve built a wall in 1492,” I barked, jumping in, no patience in me. To hell with it all.

“You’re probably right,” one chubby bigot responded after a momentary, albeit awkward, pause. The volatile scene was interrupted by a waiter. The corpulent jackal who addressed me went on to order a “smothered burrito con chorizo.” On any other occasion, this kind of irony would be funny, but not today, I thought to myself. Things have gotten rotten and real and really rotten really fast. Really.

I left the bar and the big bellied brutes behind, headed for my gate, when I got to texting with actor Tinsel Korey. We were pondering time, particularly about the time we have left before the levees break and the pigheaded putrescence rushes in, ruining lives, land, drinking water, your carpet, your kids playing on it, and everything in between.

Two months, folks. That’s it. Two months before President Barack Obama zips off in a helli’, calling it eight years and a presidency. Two months before the Orange creature lockjaws on your rights and freedoms. Two months of semi-sanity (all has changed now, overnight). Obama has just a little more than eight weeks to kill the Dakota Access Pipeline and free political prisoner Leonard Peltier. In the meantime, water protectors mend and ready themselves for the next rabid attack by Morton County Sheriffs – the REAL foaming dogs of Energy Transfer Partners – and then there’s Leonard. He sits in his cell more than four decades later waiting for good people doing nothing to do something good and release him from his political shackles.

But back to Obama.

Yes. He’s got to feel like a kid readying to watch a bully stomp and piss all over his art project. Completely helpless. And how does Obama feel about the waning hour glass now that Trump has transmogrified into President-elect Trump? How does he feel about these two months before he’s dunzo?

I imagine Obama’s in a mad dash, demanding more caffeine from staffers, sneaking a smoke, as he scrambles to maintain any evidence that he even resided at the White House for eight years. And that can be an immensely overwhelming task when your successor, Mr. Small Hands, demolishes and renovates and marks his territory for a living.

So it is. Two months, and then it begins. Round 1 in a four-round bout. It could be an eight rounder. Whose to say? This is, after all, the nation that elected George Dubya two times. Frightened yet? Awake yet? Well you damn well should be. Either way, put on your gloves. Spar with friends. Toughen your core. Because there’s no question now – a battle’s coming.

Of course, I’m not surprised by all of this. Nope. Not surprised in the least.

I am, though, awake.

I am, though, ready.

How about you?

Simon Moya-Smith, Oglala Lakota, is the Culture Editor at Indian Country Today. Follow him on Twitter @SimonMoyaSmith.

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Submitted by turbojesus on
Well the democrats obviously weren’t too crazy about winning the presidency. If their best candidate is Hillary whose husband crashed the economy by deregulating the banks and Obama decided to let everyone get cr@p on toast rather than fix it. What do they expect to happen when the last president’s greatest accomplishment is being known as the first half black president? Probably should have done more for the country than try to get votes with bullcr@p like giving tax breaks to gays, free ride to immigrants, healthcare that nobody wants, looking black and bail out the banks to make them even more money.

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Michael Madrid
Submitted by Michael Madrid on
THIS is what I wanted to hear from my brothers! I’m am NOT going to sit back and try to reconcile with a bunch of racists, I’m not going to quit speaking my mind, I’m not going to Canada, or Mexico – my ancestors bled and died for this land. Not that I’m advocating violence against the big, orange bastard, but maybe some of those second amendment people will take care of the problem . . .

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David Odell
Submitted by David Odell on
It’s all about product. This is the product of churches and compulsory "education" which take our children from the age of 5 and this is the product. It is the REAL face of christianity combined with 13 years of government approved indoctrination. And all the inventions and all the most useful things, were invented and built by people who did not complete the cycle of "training". Do not go to church or school. The people in the video are the product.

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Submitted by tmsyr11 on
Dude, why the hate, divisiveness, racism, and bigotry? You benefited tremendously (more so than most) from an American United States system and opportunities, i.e. federal grants, scholar, tribal "kollege" assistance, etc. that most other nations-countries-societies would frown up you particularly with your background. The opportunities are there particularly in alarming and shaking Indian Tribal Administrations and Native Governments (565+) to choose from. The rampant Tribal corruption, fraud, waste, abuse that directly impacts and effects regional localized Tribal residents and their families. Oglala Sioux was not and is not immune to such tribal travesties.